Clay. It’s pliable, moldable, impressionable, and willing to take instruction blindly! This medium can be made to look like leather, stone, wood, or an exact likeness of something or somebody! A lump of good clay has the potential to be utilitarian or fine art. How is it possible to draw a blank?
Having a good idea doesn’t always translate to a wonderful finished work. Some ideas will linger and tend to haunt one until it can be finished in one’s head. I struggle to see my finished work until I’m actually in the middle of it…and only then will the ‘finish” be revealed to me! Somehow I don’t see the great ones working through their ideas betting on inspiration to finish the work started. Though, perhaps they do and wouldn’t that be sweet.
Transitioning one’s idea into a finished work takes a bit of faith yet the experience of having gone through it hundreds of times mitigates that feeling of venturing into the darkness! So when I begin a new work I begin with the base or foot of the work that actually dictate what options are available to me. If the base is lightweight and fragile physics say it will only support a finite amount of weight and should be approached with that in mind. Conversely should the base be stout and built like a brick shit-house it will sustain substantial weight.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.”
But the longer I stare and wander around the base; the finish will ever so gradually reveal itself and hopefully within the context of the statement. I’m not sure why or how I came to approach my work in this manner, but it’s consistent. It’s very rare for me to have a completed idea prior to starting a new work.
So I suppose what I’m trying to say is “shit fire….just get started” and like most creative people it will come.